The Oceania National Olympic Committees is holding a best practice symposium leading up to its Annual General Assembly tomorrow ©ONOC

The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) have held a best practice symposium leading up to its Annual General Assembly tomorrow.

Representatives from 17 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), including International Olympic Committee (IOC) representatives, regional sporting bodies and partners, were in attendance in Nadi in Fiji. 

A total of 180 delegates registered for the symposium with the week-long comprehensive programme packed with knowledge sharing of the latest developments, challenges and innovation in the regional and international sporting landscape.

It provided a platform for all delegates to explore and discuss contemporary issues across the sector, including governance and integrity, financial compliance, strengthening Olympic systems and processes, sports education and high performance.

Presentations were delivered by industry experts, IOC representatives and NOCs on sharing best practice.

The symposium is due to culminate with the ONOC Annual General Assembly tomorrow.

To complement the stellar line-up of presenters, the participants will hear from key note speaker Flip Flippen, founder and chairman of the Flippen Group from the United States.

Among the other speakers are Nicole Girard-Savoy, Olympic Solidarity's director of section and finance, as well as Jérôme Poivey, head of institutional relations and governance at the IOC, and Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee.

They will be joined by the likes of Dennis Miller, executive director of ONOC, along with Auvita Rapilla, Lorraine Mar and Jim Tobin, the secretary generals of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee and the Federated States of Micronesia National Olympic Committee respectively.

The symposium comes hot on the heels of the recent ONOC Athletes' Forum, hosted in Nadi last month.

Miller opened and officially welcomed all of the athletes to the fourth edition of the event.

The fourth edition of the ONOC Athletes' Forum was held in Nadi recently ©ONOC
The fourth edition of the ONOC Athletes' Forum was held in Nadi recently ©ONOC

He outlined the importance of each athlete actively engaging in the Forum and stressed the priority that ONOC places on the work of Athletes' Commissions.

He gave an overview of ONOC and highlighted that the continental governing body has enforced each NOC must have an Athletes' Commission.

The Forum had representation from 17 member countries, including associate members New Caledonia and the Northern Mariana Islands.

It is claimed the continuous dialogue of Oceania athletes has provided platform for a unified voice in the region and in their own countries.

The ONOC Athletes' Commission chair Karo Lelai thanked Miller and ONOC leaders for attending the Forum, listening to the athletes and sharing their dreams and views.

Lelai introduced the ONOC Athletes' Commission composition and purpose.

She highlighted that the overall objective of the Forum was to review, revise and approve the strategic plan for the next quadrennial, set to be approved by the ONOC Executive Board.

At the Forum, the ONOC Athletes' Commission also recognised the "demonstrated strength and its trailblazing work".

It highlighted a list of firsts within the Athletes' Commission’s environment worldwide.

These were presented by Barbara Kendall, former chair of the Athletes' Commission and the Association of National Olympic Committees’ equivalent.

The Forum ended with delegates agreeing to complete their own action plan to ensure the viability of the Athletes' Commission in their own NOC.